Which is better HiTech Animation or MAAC

Berlin (dpa / tmn) - The new iPad Pro is now playing in the same league as the latest Mac models, at least as far as the main processor is concerned. The tablet has been equipped with the powerful M1 chip by Apple.

It's also found in the latest editions of the Mac Mini, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro and the new 24-inch iMac. However, Apple is reluctant to deliver the professional version of the iPad with the Macintosh operating system macOS, which would now be technically possible. Apple boss Tim Cook and his team have already had to be insulted as cowards by the US technology portal "The Verge" for this fundamental decision.

However, the practical test did not show that macOS would have been the better choice for the new iPad. In our experience, the iPadOS, which is based on the operation of the iPhone, is the better tablet surface. In case of doubt, the high-tech flounder is better operated with a finger or stylus and not with a mouse or trackpad.

Fast data transfer with Thunderbolt

At one point, namely the external interface, the boundaries between laptop and tablet are blurred. And that's just as well. In the previous model, the USB-C port proved to be a bottleneck when transferring larger amounts of data compared to the MacBook Pro. With the new iPad Pro, photographers or video producers can shovel large amounts of data onto the tablet in seconds via the Thunderbolt interface with USB-C socket.

If the photos or videos are then displayed on the iPad Pro, it looks much better than on a Macbook Air or a normal Windows laptop. Especially on the larger 12.9-inch model. The bright display works with a refresh rate of 120 Hertz. It supports a high color and contrast range HDR and convinces with an excellent black value.

Apple achieves this with backlighting made up of over 10,000 mini-LEDs that can be switched individually. The Liquid Retina XDR screen achieves a brightness of up to 1000 nits and up to 1600 nits in peak for HDR content. These are also top values.

No mini-LED in the smaller iPad Pro

The smaller 11-inch model does not come close to these superlatives: The liquid retina display without the magic letters XDR - and therefore without mini-LED - convinces with a large P3 color space and the True Tone feature, achieved in terms of contrast but not the big brother's values. The maximum brightness is 600 nits.

With software like Adobe's Lightroom, the M1 chip can fully exploit its power. Here you can edit photos in RAW format at lightning speed. There are also practically no limits when it comes to video editing with Lumafusion. However, the video editing software Final Cut Pro, which is popular with many Youtubers and film professionals, is missing. So far, Apple only offers them for Macintosh computers. But there are persistent rumors that an iPad version of Final Cut Pro will be announced at the Apple developer conference WWDC on June 7th.

Better camera with tracking mode

The new iPad Pro is not only intended for creative people, it also cuts a fine figure in the office. As with the new iMacs, Apple has responded to criticism of the selfie cameras installed so far. In the pandemic in particular, they have become indispensable for video conferences, learning platforms or other solutions. The resolution has been increased to twelve megapixels, which has a positive effect. The ultra-wide-angle camera on the front delivers better images than previous cameras even in poor lighting conditions.

With the computing power of the M1 chip, the camera can automatically follow people in the viewing angle during video calls and adjust the section. This function called "Center Stage" seems a bit scary at first. As if by magic, the camera follows the speaker during the video call when he is moving around the room or driving his desk chair back and forth. But especially with longer video conferences, the virtual camera movement provides variety.

When the iPad becomes a tennis coach

The twelve-megapixel camera on the back also cuts a fine figure. With it you can not only film and take photos, but also turn the iPad into a virtual tennis teacher, for example. The Swingvision app offers real-time video analysis to evaluate the stroke type, spin type and ball speed. And the app also recognizes whether a ball has landed out of bounds or not.

But back to the office: if you really want to work with the iPad Pro, you need a real keyboard. The Magic Keyboard is available from Apple in black and white for 339 euros for the 11-inch device and 399 euros for the 12.9-inch device. If you already have a Magic Keyboard for the previous version, you don't have to buy the expensive keyboard again. The new 11-inch iPad has the same shape and size as the old one anyway. However, the 12.9-inch iPad is 0.5 mm thicker. Nevertheless, the old case still fits.

5G and Lidar on board

For use in the mobile office, it is also important that the iPad Pro can now also be ordered with 5G mobile communications. Users benefit from this even if there is no 5G network available, because the device supports up to 32 LTE bands, which can also be used to achieve high speeds. The 5G cellular modem costs 170 euros surcharge. When it comes to WLAN, the iPad Pro supports the Wi-Fi 6 standard with top speeds of up to 1.2 gigabits per second.

The new iPads are again equipped with a lidar scanner on the back, although so far there have been comparatively few apps that make use of it. Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) is a radar-related method for optical distance and speed measurement. They are known from autonomous cars, space travel or robot vacuum cleaners. The iPad Pro models can use it to capture the environment.

If you want to try out lidar technology, you can do so with the short video app Clips from Apple, for example. Since the update to version 3.1, Clips contains some new effects that use the lidar scanner to display animations three-dimensionally in space. Or to transform a comparatively boring living room into a cool stage for the next dance video.

Conclusion: Not a laptop yet, but a professional work device

In particular, the larger model of the two new iPad Pros will arouse great desires among creative people. Laptop users who like to jump back and forth between many open apps, on the other hand, are not necessarily happy with the iPad. Although the iPad now also offers multitasking, switching between the apps is not as smooth as on the laptop.

However, the iPad Pro now has real Pro features with the outstanding display quality, the fast transfer rates and the expandability of up to two terabytes of storage space, which will also convince some iPad skeptics. Those who do not necessarily need these Super Pro functions are also well served with the smaller model.

Of course, the price also plays an important role in the selection, because the new iPads are not exactly cheap: the smaller 11-inch model of the iPad Pro is available from 879 euros (128 GB). A full configuration with two terabytes of storage costs 2089 euros. For the larger 12.9-inch model with the better screen, the price range is 1199 euros to 2409 euros. The 5G surcharge of 170 euros is identical for both models.

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